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From the Emmy-nominated host of the award-winning Top Chef, an A-to-Z compendium of spices, herbs, salts, peppers, and blends, with beautiful photography and a wealth of explanation, history, and cooking advice.

Award-winning cookbook author and television host Padma Lakshmi, inspired by her life of traveling across the globe, brings together the world’s spices and herbs in a vibrant, comprehensive alphabetical guide. This definitive culinary reference book is illustrated with rich color photographs that capture the essence of a diverse range of spices and their authentic flavors. The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs includes complete descriptions, histories, and cooking suggestions for ingredients from basic herbs to the most exotic seeds and chilies, as well as information on toasting spices, making teas, and infusing various oils and vinegars. And no other market epitomizes Padma’s love for spices and global cuisine than where she spent her childhood—lingering in the aisles of the iconic gourmet food store Kalustyan’s, in New York City.

Perfect for the holiday season and essential to any well-stocked kitchen or cooking enthusiast, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs is an invaluable resource as well as a stunning and adventurous tour of some of the most wondrous and majestic flavors on earth.

Friendship, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir


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A vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn

Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home—and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. Shuttling between continents as a child, she lived a life of dislocation that would become habit as an adult, never quite at home in the world. And yet, through all her travels, her favorite food remained the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India.

Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the remarkable people who shaped her along the way, from her headstrong mother who flouted conservative Indian convention to make a life in New York, to her Brahmin grandfather—a brilliant engineer with an irrepressible sweet tooth—to the man seemingly wrong for her in every way who proved to be her truest ally. A memoir rich with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a life that spans complex geographies both internal and external.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate and unexpected story of food and family—both the ones we are born to and the ones we create—and their enduring legacies.

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  • Padma Lakshmi hits the gym after cooking for Orange Is The New Black's ...

    07/16/15 ,via Daily Mail

    But last night Top Chef Padma Lakshmi enjoyed cooking dinner for her Orange Is The New Black pal Danielle Brooks. And on Thursday afternoon the New Delhi-born beauty worked off the calories, and the excitement, by hitting a gym in New York.

  • Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef Weight Gain and Wellness

    07/09/15 ,via New York Magazine

    Padma Lakshmi began her career as a model, but cooking was just more fun. After she released her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, the Food Network came calling and there, she hosted Padma's Passport before jumping over to Bravo as the face of Top Chef.


@Atl_GadgetGeek Favorite NYC spots, Mike? @PadmaLakshmi shows us hers in our #MakeEveryDayLocal series. 07/20/15, @YP
@JoeBellon Hey Joe, want to check out @PadmaLakshmi's favorite local NYC place? It's time to #MakeEveryDayLocal! 07/19/15, @YP
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  • Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook

    Chronicle Books. 2012. ISBN: 9780811875899,081187589X. 224 pages.

    The much-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times best-selling Top Chef: The Cookbook is here! Drawing from the first 5 seasons of the show, Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook features 75 of the best recipes—from Spike's Pizza alla Greek to Stephanie's Bittersweet Chocolate Cake—culled from the Top Chef Quickfire Challenges. Everything the home chef needs to assemble an impressive meal and channel the energy of the Quickfire kitchen is collected here, including advice on hosting a Quickfire Cocktail Party and staging Quickfire Challenges—at home. Best of all, this book is spilling over with sidebar material, including tips for home chefs, interviews with contestants, fabulous photos, and fun trivia related to the chefs, dishes, and ingredients that make Top Chef a favorite.

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  • 5 Kickass Indian women who broke the stereotypes!

    07/18/15 ,via India TV

    She has also featured in Jodhaa Akbar, Page 3, Humraaz Padma Lakshmi, former wife of novelist Salman Rushdie, proved why a woman is strong enough to achieve career heights while single-handedly bringing up her kids. Life was not a fairytale for Padma ...

  • Working off the calories! Padma Lakshmi hits the gym day after cooking dinner for fellow Emmy nominee Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks

    07/16/15 ,via Daily Mail

    The 44-year-old showed off her slender figure in a tight white vest, black cropped leggings with a light blue stripe down the side and black sneakers as she strolled along the busy sidewalk. Pulling her tresses up into a ponytail, the former Mrs Salman ...

  • American burger chain Carl's Jr. to start Indian journey on 8 Aug

    07/15/15 ,via Live Mint

    New Delhi: Carl’s Jr., a burger chain known as much for its charbroiled burgers as for its ads featuring models such as Paris Hilton, Padma Lakshmi, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Nina Agdal (perhaps more for the latter in markets where the burger chain ...


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Padma Lakshmi, Producer: Top Chef. Padma Lakshmi was born on September 1, 1970 in Madras, India. She is a producer and actress, known for Top Chef (2006), Girl Most ...

Padma Lakshmi hits the gym after cooking for Orange Is The ...

Working off the calories! Padma Lakshmi hits the gym day after cooking dinner for fellow Emmy nominee Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks

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